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The very heavy growth, the thorns and the persistent leaves make the blackberry a good option for fences and hedges around the garden. They may also be grown as espaliers for their berries on free standing wire structures or on facade bound trellises.

Blackberry - latin: Rubus fruticosus

Blackberries and shoots

Requirements / Origin

The location should be sunny or partially shaded, the fruits develop better in warm, humid and protected locations. Blackberries can grow almost everywhere except in soils that are too dry or nutrient-poor. Blackberries are available in garden centers or online.

Characteristics and Pruning

Blackberries are ramblers. Their shoots may last from 2 to 3 years and can be up to 5 cm thick. The shoots grow 5 to 8 meters in length every year, but the plant rarely grows over 3 meters in height. The foliage lasts late in the winter. Blackberries propagate via stolons. The flowering is in June and in July. The variety "Theodors Reimers" produces sweet and aromatic berries, while "Wilsons Frühe" ripens earlier and is less aromatic. The nastier and wilder the growth of a blackberry, the more interesting the taste of its fruit! Wich also means that thorn-free blackberries don't have a really interesting taste. The new shoots that grow in the summer should be kept for the next year, and older shoots should be cut down to the ground and removed entirely.

Growing support for blackberry

Blackberries can grow on fences, grids or trellises, as well as on free standing wire rows in the garden. Facade or wall trellises are built the same way they would be for a pear tree (find a table with suitable trellis designs at the bottom of the page). Choose a trellis in the simple "Basic" or "Basic-S" ranges, or even better in the medium or heavy / massive trellis ranges.

Suitable wire rope trellis

Click on the picture to see a list of suitable trellis designs.

Espalier wall with blackberries on a garage
Blackberry espalier in autumn
Blackberry espalier on a facade in spring
Wire structure for blackberries, robinia, with a wire system similar to our system 0050.

Suitable wire trellises for blackberries

Please click on the graphics to see a detailed view of each design!

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